18 Outstanding Facts about Oman
- Oman is a beautiful and culturally historic country on the Arabian Peninsula in the Middle East.
- It is bordered by UAE to the northwest, Saudi Arabia to the west and Yemen to the southwest. It also has a coastline along the Gulf of Oman to the north and the Arabian Sea to the east and south.
- Are you intending on flying into Oman or arriving by boat? You’ll need the coordinates 23.6000° N, 58.5500° E to get you there!
- The terrain here is a wonderful mix of desert plain in the centre of the country, with rugged mountains in the north and south
- The total land area of Oman is 119,500 square miles (309,500 square kilometres) – around 15 times the size of Wales.
- Oman’s population was 4.636 million in 2017 – roughly the same as the population of Ireland.
- Residents here are known as ‘Omanis’.
- The capital is Muscat; it covers an area of 1,350 square miles (3,500 square kilometres) and had a population of 743,000 in 2011.
- The average life span here is 73 years.
Flag of Oman
- Did you know that Oman is the oldest independent Arab state?
- Omanis enjoy a dry desert climate with hot and dry weather throughout most of the country, with more humid weather along the coastline. The far south experiences a summer monsoon from May to September.
- The official language of Oman is Arabic, although English, Baluchi, Urdu and several Indian dialects are also spoken.
- Omani Rial is the official currency here.
- Oman used to be one of the richest countries in the world, with much of the country’s wealth stemming from the incense trade! We bet the all of the Omani homes smell lovely!
- It is also one of the few countries in the world where Frankincense trees grow.
- Oman grows dates, limes, alfalfa and bananas, rears camels and catches fish.
- Its industry consists of crude oil production and refining, construction and natural gas production.
- Oman also exports petroleum, fish, metals and textiles.
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